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"Look at Metropolis. Since Superman's arrival, a veritable super bad guy war has been waged on that city. Their maintenance budgets have quadrupled. National City does not need Metropolis' problems."
Maxwell Lord[src]

Metropolis was a northeastern[1] city in the United States of Earth-38. It was home to several important businesses and corporations, such as the Daily Planet, and, formerly, Luthor Corp. The city was destroyed when an antimatter wave wiped out the entire universe.



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The Superman Era[]

At some point in the past, Superman emerged as a vigilante in Metropolis.[citation needed] The superhero was often featured on the Daily Planet's stories. Photojournalist James Olsen took the 1st photo of Superman in the city.[2]

Since the arrival of Superman, Metropolis' maintenance budgets had quadrupled due to the collateral damage from his battles.[3]

In 2010, Superman prevented a nuclear meltdown in Metropolis from the Bakerline Nuclear Power Station, saving millions of people.[4]

In 2015, Lex Luthor turned Earth's sun red in an act of eco-terrorism directed at Superman, inducing mass destruction and panic within the city, among other places.[5]

In November 2015, Metropolis hosted the ceremony for the Siegel Prize for Women in Media, honoring Cat Grant.[6]

Metropolis skyline at Krypton Park

Krypton Park with the Metropolis skyline.

In October 2016, Project Cadmus launched dual attacks on Metropolis and National City, with the second Metallo destroying Krypton Park before being defeated by Superman and Martian Manhunter.[7]

In 2018, Samantha Arias moved to Metropolis with her daughter, Ruby, where she began managing the city's LuthorCorp branch.[1]

In March 2019, Metropolis was one of the cities host to a peaceful protest in response to the Children of Liberty's anti-alien movement.[8]

Anti-Monitor Crisis[]

Some civilians from Metropolis might had been among the 3 billion to survive the Anti-Monitor's attack on Earth-38, which resulted in the complete destruction of the city along with the rest of the universe, thanks to Oliver Queen's sacrifice.[9] However after Earth-1 was destroyed, what remained of their citizens were killed by an antimatter wave.[10]

Known residents[]

Current residents

Former residents

Deceased residents



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  • The weather in Metropolis tends to be stormy.[11]

Behind the scenes[]

  • Metropolis was first featured in Action Comics #16 (September, 1939) created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Most notably as the residence of Superman and the Daily Planet